|Let’s have radio, TV signals countrywide|
|Friday, 07 September 2012 21:42|
We kick off this time with a largely expected clash between Zimbabwe and Angola at Rufaro Stadium, a game that is likely to draw a full house. Going by precedent, the game is likely to be screened live on national television, making it possible for those in Hwange, Plumtree, Nyanga, Mutorashanga, in fact all around the country, signal permitting, to see how reformed the Warriors are, in their quest to reach the next Afcon tournament. The game kicks of at 3pm.
Still on football matters, the good news (though one has to be connected to the DStv platform) is that the local Premiership is set to be screened on Supersport (Laduma!), which should be a very exciting development. Honestly, given the interest that is swirling around the title race and that I have not been able to attend local matches of late, I welcome the imminent screening of local football matches, like many other Zimbabweans in the country and abroad.
We have read and heard about the exploits of Denver Mukamba, about the unstoppable Highlanders, but truth is we have not been able to watch all the action, even highlights. And not because we cannot afford to, but because we cannot be there. The trial runs that were run last year were for the Mbada Diamond Cup and what a difference there was between Supersport’s coverage and ZTV’s one-angle coverage of the Warriors’ match against Mali!
Hopefully the deal will include all the cup matches that fall under the ambit of the local Premier Soccer League. What should be more exciting for the local game is that the matches will be broadcast through a triad of platforms, notably mobile, internet and television, as DStv moves to position itself as a market leader.
and kids entertainment channels. The worst affected are the general entertainment channels, which will see most of them taking up new names, as DStv seeks to align its movie channels to different tastes.
For instance, there will be M-Net Movies Premiere, where new films will be screened first. Currently that slot is held on Sunday evenings on M-Net (Channel 101). Tonight will see the premiere of Crazy, Stupid, Love on M-Net at 8pm. The movie was released to the United States screens in July and barely two months later, it is on the small screen.
After October 1, after a movie premiere on Channel 103 (Movies Premiere) thereafter it will move to its proper channel. Crazy, Stupid, Love, for instance, will move to Channel 104 (Movies Comedy). The other M-Net Movies channels will be Movies Family, Movies Action+, Movies Drama and Romance, Movies Action, Movies Stars and Movies Showcase.
Those of an older generation must be feeling really nostalgic with the coming back of Dallas — honestly who would forget JR and compan? In the 1980 and to an extent ’90s, Dallas and Dynasty (whilst Desperate Housewives were being born!) were the series to sit down to. And back in the day there was no power cut, neither was there the PVR (personal video recorder), so you had to rush home to watch the Ewing family embroil themselves in deceit, back-stabbing, all driven by an ambition to push the family name.
Larry Hagman, Patrick Duffy and Linda Gray star as JR, Bobby and Sue Ellen Ewing, but they are joined by a next generation of Ewings, who drive the story line forward and take ambition and deception to a whole new level. The additions to the Dallas cast are familiar faces who will ensure that TV’s quintessential water-cooler series is as hot as it was way back. Catch it on Tuesday at 9pm on M-Net.
On a lighter note, I learnt that most ex-Japanese vehicles have radios whose FM frequencies don’t go beyond 90, so by default, especially those listening in Harare, have to listen to StarFM, whether they like it or not!
Still on frequencies, the responsible authorities, and this should be Transmedia, must ensure that the whole country receives the new radio stations. Harare is not Zimbabwe. When we travel out of Harare, we should continue listening to the stations of our choice, that is what the “opening up of the airwaves” should mean. And equally, they should ensure that radio and TV signals are received in every corner of the country.